We all want it - long healthy hair that shines naturally. For the past 2 decades, I have practiced numerous natural methods for growing long, healthy hair and I have tried many store products. The natural methods work. The store products, however, never worked for my hair and often did more damage to my hair.
Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot kernel oil is a light oil. It is a popular natural massage oil because it quickly absorbs into the skin. As a oil treatment for hair, it is wonderful and is easily washed out so that your hair is left soft and not greasy.
To use apricot kernel oil as a hair treatment, simply put a small amount of it in the palm of your hand and massage it into your hair. Wrap your hair in a towel to keep the warmth on your head and allow the oil to absorb for 30 minutes. Wash your hair as you normally do and your hair should feel softer after it is dry.
I became a staunch coconut oil user a few months ago. Coconut oil is very healthy for you and it can be eaten to help give your hair a natural shine. I eat about a tablespoon a day of extra virgin coconut oil. Within the first month, my hair began to show a natural shine. My skin, too, developed a healthy glow.
Using coconut oil as an oil treatment for your hair is very simple. Once a week, if you have damaged hair, put a small amount (less than half a teaspoon as this oil covers a lot of territory) of coconut oil in your hand. Let your body heat warm and melt the oil in your hand. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp. Leave it in for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Wash your hair as you normally do. After a month of doing this every monday, my hair growth was healthy and my dry, brittle ends were no longer frizzy.
There are health supplements that are said to improve the health of hair. Biotin is the most popular, but you needn't buy expensive supplements when you can learn to make slight changes to your diet to increase your biotin intake naturally.
You can get biotin naturally by eating:
- brewer's yeast
- raw egg yolk (the yellow)
- swiss chard
- wheat bran
Create a Routine
The hardest part of improving the health of your hair is creating a routine and sticking to it. However, if you make small changes, you are less likely to fail.
For example, set up a chart for yourself. Choose one day a week to give your hair an oil treatment. Set up a daily reminder to eat something with biotin in it, such as a 1/4 cup of walnut or a tablet of brewer's yeast. Try eating a spoonful of unrefined coconut oil eat day to give your hair a natural shine.
Make your changes small and, in time, you will have healthier hair, naturally.